Documentary Film Maker
Writer/Director Chris Paine's first documentary feature film Who Killed the Electric Car? premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006 before its release by Sony Pictures in 100 US markets. The film played to critical acclaim at international festivals including Tribeca, Seattle, San Francisco, Newport, Atlanta, Telluride, Deauville, Canberra, Berlin and Milan.
Paine’s film investigates the events leading to the destruction of a whole generation of modern electric vehicles. Its “murder mystery” spin on an almost unreported story captured the public’s attention and won notable industry nominations for Best Documentary from the Writer's Guild, the Broadcast Film Critics Association, and the Environmental Media Alliance.
It also won festival awards in Telluride (Mountain Film), Australia (Canberra International Film Festival), Italy (Milan International Film Festival), as well as the Insight Award in Los Angeles. The film made many top critics list and ranked third in U.S. documentary box office results in 2006. The DVD was recently released by Sony Home Entertainment.
Currently Chris is developing television projects and working on two new documentaries, Nice Try a comedy about the end of the world, and Zero South--about an expedition to the South Pole in alternative-fuel vehicles with Buzz Aldrin and Steve Wozniak.
Previously, Paine served as executive producer on Faster (2003), a film narrated by Ewan McGregor about the world's fastest motorcycle race, and Mark Neale's No Maps For These Territories, a 6-day road trip across the US with science fiction author William Gibson featuring U2 front-man Bono.
In 1990, Paine directed segments for the MTV television series BUZZ about the “Velvet Revolution” in Prague. He also filmed his grandfather's WW2 memoir Return to the Philippines. Paine assisted writer Michael Tolkin on feature films including Robert Altman's The Player (1992), and The New Age (1994). His first Sundance short was Mailman directed by Matthew Carnahan (Dirt).
Outside of film making, Paine was an early player in California’s internet industry. His firm, Internet Outfitters designed customized software and went public as AppNet/CommerceOne in 1999. His prior firm, Mondo-tronics, started with high school friend Roger Gilbertson, provided materials for the Mars Pathfinder mission.
Paine’s activist work included campaigns to end nuclear testing in Nevada and stopping a proposed freeway in Northern California. Currently, Paine supports the work of Rainforest Action Network, the Amazon Conservation Team and Plug-In America.
Paine attended NYU Film School and The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre under Sanford Meisner. He is a graduate of Colgate University and resides in Venice, California.